Wednesday, November 20, 2013

County EDC Leader: 2013 'Slowest' in Memory

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County EDC Leader: 2013 'Slowest' in Memory

Blames National Economy For Struggles

The president of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County says attraction efforts "remain on life support." Bill Konyha says leads on new businesses during the past year have been "almost non-existent" compared to 2012. He says concerns about the national economy, Affordable Care Act and debt ceiling are having a chilling effect in his area and throughout the state.

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Konyha tells Inside INdiana Business others share his sentiments.


AT&T Hiring in Indiana

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) says it is filling dozens of positions in Indiana, including nearly 30 new jobs. The company says continued investment in the state is leading to technician, retail and corporate support openings.

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State Will Not Order Insurance Reinstatement

The Indiana Department of Insurance says it will not follow President Obama's suggestion to order insurance companies in the state to reinstate cancelled health care policies. Commissioner Stephen Robertson says the short notice would "seriously destabilize" Indiana's insurance market.

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ExactTarget CEO to Address Big Tech Conference

A prominent Indiana technology company is taking center stage today in Silicon Valley. ExactTarget Chief Executive Officer Scott Dorsey will deliver a keynote at's (NYSE: CRM) Dreamforce event in San Francisco. More than 130,000 are registered to attend the conference.

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Social Media Event to Focus on 'Dames'

The inaugural Social Media Dames Unconference will take place tomorrow in Indianapolis. The event will focus on helping women improve digital messaging skills. In a Studio(i) interview, Erin Albert, one of the gathering's organizers, says too few Hoosier women possess a strong social media presence.

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Training Center Leader to Retire

A northeast Indiana training center is looking for a new leader. KPC News reports IMPACT Institute Director Tim Holcomb will retire in June. He has led the program since 1997.

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Science Engineering Laboratory is Complete

A $25 million research center at IUPUI is now open. The Science Engineering Laboratory Building was designed by Indianapolis-based BSA LifeStructures Inc. and houses classroom space for two academic programs, plus biology and forensics labs.

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Rose-Hulman Students Win IBM Watson Competition

A team of students from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has again taken home top honors at a national programming competition. The IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) Great Mind Challenge - Watson Technical Edition features teams creating software that turns complex data into a single answer.

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Notre Dame Researcher Lands Big Grant

A psychologist from the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $3 million grant. The funding supports Kristin Valentino's program designed to improve communication between mothers and mistreated children.

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Environmental Council Names Award Winners

The Hoosier Environmental Council has named the recipients of two statewide environmental awards. They are a long-time Indiana journalist and an executive with an organic-made clothing company.

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Berry Plastics Names CFO

Evansville-based Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) has named Mark Miles chief financial officer. He has been with the company for more than 15 years, most recently as executive vice president.

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Training Group Changes Name

The Northeast Indiana Regional Workforce Investment Board has launched a rebranding campaign. The organization says the effort, which includes a name change to Northeast Indiana Works, will better promote its work force development programs.

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Using The 'Big Ears' Approach to Listen Better

There is a saying that we have two ears and one mouth, and we should use them in that proportion. We've heard it, but we seldom take action on the idea. Even though we understand the value of listening and how to listen, many people still don't do it. It's a paradox. It's confusing. It's the human condition.

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STOCKS: On Wall Street

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S & P: 1,791.20 (+3.33)
Oil: 93.85 (+0.51)

TV: Next on 'Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick'
The Weekend of November 22

An Indiana cocktail drink mix maker continues to expand its footprint. The founders of Hoosier Momma will be in-studio. Tune-in Friday at 7:30 p.m. on WFYI 1, 10 p.m. on WFYI 3 and Sunday at 11 a.m. on WTHR-TV Ch. 13 in Indianapolis. Check local listings for other times around the state.

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Making The Most of Great Teachers

In the world of parenting (any maybe business and a few other aspects of life), it's said that "fair is not always equal." The Fordham Institute applies that to the classroom in questioning the standard practice of traditional class sizes with no variances based on teacher quality. Research reveals interesting results.

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Reiterating The Benefits of Free Trade

It's unfortunate that it's necessary from time to time to have to address the title of this article. A Mercatus Center senior fellow writes: "Free trade increases prosperity for American by allowing consumers to buy more, better-quality products at lower costs. It drives economic growth, enhanced efficiency, increased innovation."

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All Should Understand Basic Government Operations

Since 1942, the Indiana Chamber has published Here Is Your Indiana Government. Companies utilize the publication to educate employees and as informative reading for customers and guests. The 2013-2014 edition, including a series of important updates, is now available.

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